Patients and Pharmacists to be Surveyed by FDA on Their Perception of Differences in Attributes of Generic Products

FDA announced in today’s Federal Register (FR) that they will conduct a survey of patients and pharmacists to gain an understanding of both groups’ perception of certain attributes of differences in generic medicines for the same drug product.This survey comes on the heels of Office of Generic Drug Guidance (OGD) on size, shape and color of generic products, issued last December. FDA has received complaints and feedback from numerous patient and health care providers on various aspects related to differences in the physical characteristics of generics when they are initially switched from the brand name product (when initial substitution occurs) as well as when switching to other generic manufacturers of the product on subsequent refills.

Not All Are Happy with FDA’s Final Guidance on NCE Exclusivity for Combination Products!

Today, FDA published its final guidance on New Chemical Entity (NCE) Exclusivity Determinations for Certain Fixed-Combination Drug Products. The Guidance comes about 7.5 months after the February 2014 Federal Register notice first announcing the new Agency position was published. While some parties are happy with the decision to award NCE exclusivity if one of the components is a first time approval (the previous Agency position was that if one component had been previously approved, then the combination was not eligible for the 5-year protection), others are crying in their soup (and in Federal Court) about the change.

Acetaminophen Back in the Spotlight, with Draft Guidance for Pediatric Liquid Products

With the FDA’s move to reduce the amount of acetaminophen (APAP) for prescription combination products to no more than 325mg per dosage unit completed, FDA seems to be moving into the Over-the-Counter (OTC) arena to help reduce potential overdose or medication errors with liquid APAP products targeted for pediatric patients. Today, FDA released the draft Guidance Over-the-Counter Pediatric Liquid Drug Products Containing Acetaminophen.

Rare Pediatric Disease Priority Voucher – What Will You Pay for Speed?

Today, the FDA announced the 2015 fee for the use of a Rare Pediatric Disease Voucher in a Federal Register (FR) notice (here). Created by the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA), this program provides a voucher to a sponsor that gains approval for an NDA for a product used to treat an indication that has been classified as a rare pediatric disease. There is a price for use of the voucher and it ain’t cheap-the voucher fee for 2015 is fixed at $2,562,000.

Rare Pediatric Disease Priority Voucher – What Will You Pay for Speed?

Today, the FDA announced the 2015 fee for the use of a Rare Pediatric Disease Voucher in a Federal Register (FR) notice (here). Created by the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA), this program provides a voucher to a sponsor that gains approval for an NDA for a product used to treat an indication that has been classified as a rare pediatric disease. There is a price for use of the voucher and it ain’t cheap-the voucher fee for 2015 is fixed at $2,562,000.

PQRI Presentation Provides Interesting Insights

In a September 17, 2014 presentation at the FDA/PQRI Conference on Evolving Product Quality given by Susan Rosencrance, Ph.D., Acting Deputy Director, Generic Drug Chemistry in the Office of Pharmaceutical Science at CDER, a number of interesting issues were presented and discussed. Some of these issues may be a welcome sign to the industry of a turnaround at OGD, but others still need some explaining.

GDUFA Policy Hearing – Where is the Silver in this Lining?

On September 17, 2014, FDA hosted the GDUFA Public Hearing on Policy Development. With quite a few generic firms of all sizes represented at the hearing, a series of recurring themes appeared to resound. Lack of communication and transparency from FDA and ever growing facility fees that stifle entry of small new players were the loudest complaints from the audience.

ANDA RTR Guidance Finalized with Some Important Changes – Issuance on Draft on Impurity RTR

n September 16, 2014, the Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) posted its final Guidance on Refuse-to-Receive (RTR) Standards and also published an ancillary draft Guidance entitled ANDA Submissions – Refuse To Receive Standards for Lack of Proper Justification of Impurity Limits (which explains that proper justification for specified identified impurities above qualification thresholds and specified unidentified impurities and unspecified [unknown] impurities with limits above identification thresholds must be included in the ANDA or it will receive an RTR letter).

Approvals Bounce Back at OGD in August; ANDA Submissions for the Month at a Tie for All Time Low

As FY 2014 draws to a close, the Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) has approved 45 ANDAs in August, the highest number for any month in this fiscal year, and through August 31 OGD has approved a total of 361 ANDAS thus far for this FY. In a repeat performance from last month, OGD reported receiving only 4 original ANDAs. Looks like firms are waiting for the October 1 to submit their ANDAs as the GDUFA metrics begin being applied to the cohort year 3 submissions.

GPhA Annual Cost Savings Report Shows Larger Savings for the US Public

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report last month indicated that the cost of health care programs has slowed sharply. A large part of the savings is attributed to the cost savings realized through the use of generic drugs. This year’s GPhA Cost Savings report showed that consumers (including the US Government) saved $239 million alone in 2013 an increase of 14% over the savings seen in 2012. The 10 year savings from generic availability is reported at $1.5 trillion over the last 10 year period.